Ask the Rabbi - Customs and Practices

Must a Noahide learn Hebrew?

Q: Should a Bat Noach make an effort to learn Hebrew?

Q: Should a Bat Noach make an effort to learn Hebrew? I have been observing the Seven Mitzvot for 17 years, but I can only read the Torah in Russian. In my area there is no way for me to learn Hebrew since the only Jewish organization here is willing to teach only Jews.

A: There is no obligation for a Noahide to know Hebrew.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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